There is a distinct difference between training and testing. In the world of CrossFit, or all exercise, training is designed to make you fitter – faster, stronger, more endurance, etc. Testing is designed to see how fit you are. If you talk to high level athletes, they’ll tell you that TESTING takes a major toll. You need days, if not weeks, of recovery. Training, on the other hand, can be done 3, 4, maybe even 6 days a week, depending on the athlete.
So, what does that mean for you? It means that you don’t always have to Rx. Our workouts are designed to be challenging for very good athletes. Your goal is to scale the weight, reps, and movements to get the best workout for YOU. That is the fastest way to get better at CrossFit, meaning the fastest way to improve your fitness, meaning the fastest way to a body you want to stare at after getting out of the shower. (You know you’ve done it.)
It also means that sometimes you should push yourself to Rx. Even if it slows you down considerably. As long as you can safely perform the movements, you should step up – every once in a while. If you are always scaling to the point that you finish first, it’s time to kick it up a notch. If you’re always going for the Rx and finishing last, it’s time to back off a bit. Find the right balance of training vs. testing, and you will maximize your results.